What are your plans for the summer?
There are quite a few things on my list and one is to immerse myself in the arts – to do something that sparks my creativity – like painting – and keeps me in the present moment.
So I was really excited to hear about Celebration of the Arts at all of the Miraval Resorts.
Celebration of the Arts, a new program designed to promote the therapeutic benefits of the arts, recently launched at Miraval Arizona, Miraval Austin and Miraval Berkshires.
This new art programming was designed to encourage spiritual and emotional nourishment.
These new activities will complement and raise awareness for the existing art programming currently available at all of the Miraval resorts.
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Miraval Resorts invited a celebrated local artist to stay in-residence at each of the three properties to create a mural for the resort and interact with guests as they observe the creative process.
“Miraval has long been an advocate of the arts and its powerful benefits of mindfulness,” said Susan Santiago, head of Miraval operations at Hyatt. “For years, the Miraval brand has championed the works of local artisans, from the sculpture collection at Miraval Arizona to the paintings within the halls of Miraval Berkshires, and has offered creative activities that allow guests to focus on the present moment and look inwards. We’re excited to launch the Celebration of the Arts this summer, which will further immerse our guests in the culture of their destination and help them cultivate meaningful relationships with themselves, other guests and our resident artists.”
Miraval Arizona invited Lucinda Hinojos to be artist-in-residence this summer. Lucinda, who is of Xicana, Apache and Yaqui descent, is a self-taught muralist and painter who began her arts career by curating underground art exhibits for local artists. She advocates for women’s and immigrant’s rights through her work, and she has frequently worked with immigrant rights organizations to organize art shows. From June 28 to July 23, Lucinda will design and bring to life a mural that embodies her artistic flair and values.
Look for Lucinda’s mural on property at Hidden Creek Deck (near guest services).
Guests at Miraval Arizona will be encouraged to explore their imagination and enhance their intuition through a myriad of programs, including Paint the Music, a thought-provoking workshop that uses music to immerse guests in an unconstrained and playful experience while guiding them to produce a personal piece of artwork. Guests will also be able to further expand their consciousness in another program titled Artistic Expression Under Glass¸ where they learn to embrace their artistic abilities and foster a greater sense of wellbeing through the art of reverse-painting, a technique that asks guests to work backwards and rethink their approach to accomplishing goals.
Check out Paint with La Morena with Lucinda Hinojos, which is typically offered on Fridays at 3p through July (Fee: $100). Paint with La Morena Art is a step by step painting class led by Lucinda Y Hinojos. In this class she will open with sacred smoke and good intentions to set the tone. During the painting session she explains the healing benefits of each color used, as well as the healing benefits of each subject matter. Lucinda, implements her indigenous roots, spirituality and story sharing with each class, giving the class a unique overhaul experience.
Self-taught artist Sadé Lawson will be the resident artist at Miraval Austin throughout August. Sadé, who channels the ambitious and creative energy of women in her life into her artwork, has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Austin since 2018. Using her creativity to process the world around her, Sadé harnesses the power of color to address topics from mental wellbeing and racial identity to hope and inspiration. During her stay at Miraval Austin, Sadé will design a mural by the resort’s Discovery Pool.
Coinciding with Sadé’s residency this summer, Miraval Austin will offer Mindful Mandala Rock Painting, a workshop where guests paint and sculpt mandalas, ancient circles that can be used to center oneself and connect with others. Guests will also be able to partake in a new class titled Suminigashi: The Art of Letting Go. During this activity, guests paint with ink on water, creating moving marble designs that flow without manipulation. This beautiful art form reminds guests to free themselves of expectation, a philosophy that mirrors the unrestricted strokes of ink as they glide above the water.
In August, painter and graphic designer Jesse Tobin McCauley will be featured as Miraval Berkshires’ artist-in-residence and create a mural in the tunnel that connects the main resort grounds with the Meadowview Farm and Barn. A resident of Pittsfield, Mass., Jesse studied art at Otis College of Art & Design and has worked as a graphic designer in Los Angeles, New York and the Berkshires. She sits on the board of the Berkshire Art Association, a non-profit organization that aims to increase local access to the arts, and is also part of Group W, an art collective that conceptualizes and holds large-scale exhibitions. Her artwork, which is often characterized by impactful bursts of saturated color, evokes a sense of whimsy and joy from its viewers.
Guests of will be able to partake in the mural’s creation process through interactive chalkboard frames that invite guests to answer introspective questions.
Prompts such as “What is your intention?” and “What are you grateful for?” will be displayed in the tunnel, and guests will be encouraged to write their answers on the chalkboards and reflect on their Miraval journey. Coinciding with Jesse’s residency, Miraval Berkshires will also launch a new program named Manifest Your Desires: A Vision Board Creation. During this activity, guests will utilize their creative spirit to construct a vision board, a visual representation of their goals and dreams actualized through imagery and artwork. This activity is intended to inspire and empower guests as they focus their intentions and transform them into reality.
So what will you do this summer now that you know there are more reasons to experience one of these Miraval Resorts? Whether you go to one of these Miraval Resorts or do something else this summer – it’s time to get out of our heads and into our hearts and reconnect with our inner being.
Contact Mindful Adventures to plan your wellness travel journey to one of these Miraval Resorts. We can assist you with the best fit for your desired experience.